Jeremiah 49:23-50:46 New King James Version (NKJV)
Judgment on Damascus
23 Against Damascus.
“Hamath and Arpad are shamed,
Judgment on Kedar and Hazor
28 Against Kedar and against the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon shall strike.
Thus says the Lord:
“Arise, go up to Kedar,
30 “Flee, get far away! Dwell in the depths,
31 “Arise, go up to the wealthy nation that dwells securely,” says the Lord,
Judgment on Elam
34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, 35 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘Behold, I will break the [d]bow of Elam,
39 ‘But it shall come to pass in the latter days:
Judgment on Babylon and Babylonia
50 The word that the Lord spoke against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.
2 “Declare among the nations,
4 “In those days and in that time,” says the Lord,
6 “My people have been lost sheep.
8 “Move from the midst of Babylon,
11 “Because you were glad, because you rejoiced,
14 “Put yourselves in array against Babylon all around,
17 “Israel is like scattered sheep;
18 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:
“Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land,
21 “Go up against the land of Merathaim, against it,
29 “Call together the archers against Babylon.
33 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“The children of Israel were oppressed,
35 “A sword is against the Chaldeans,” says the Lord,
39 “Therefore the wild desert beasts shall dwell there with the jackals,
41 “Behold, a people shall come from the north,
43 “The king of Babylon has heard the report about them,
44 “Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the [o]floodplain of the Jordan
45 Therefore hear the counsel of the Lord that He has taken against Babylon,
Titus 1 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, 3 but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4 To Titus, a true son in our common faith:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and [a]the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you— 6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of [b]dissipation or insubordination. 7 For a [c]bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, 8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
The Elders’ Task
10 For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11 whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth. 15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being [d]abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
Psalm 97-98 New King James Version (NKJV)
A Song of Praise to the Sovereign Lord
97 The Lord reigns;
2 Clouds and darkness surround Him;
7 Let all be put to shame who serve carved images,
10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!
A Song of Praise to the Lord for His Salvation and Judgment
98 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
7 Let the sea roar, and all its fullness,
Proverbs 26:13-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road!
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